Archive for October 30th, 2017

When you begin to read a passage like this and you’re presented with an image like the one in v.2, it can send a shiver down your spine. The prospect of eating sour grapes is not pleasant, but I guess that’s the whole point of the proverb. We are supposed to feel revulsion at the idea. It’s supposed to make us cringe at the thought of the accusation that’s being made.

In Hebrew culture, it had become commonplace for people to use this proverb to blame the state of the nation on the previous generation. It was like saying, “We’re only in this mess because of the things our forefathers did.” The truth was that the generation of the time was just as able to make decisions for itself, but they had continued doing all the same things that the previous generation had done. They hadn’t made any effort to be reconciled to God but were still breaking the terms of the covenant they had with him, sacrificing to false gods, sleeping with other men’s wives, charging extortionate rates on loans and living thoroughly selfish and ungodly lifestyles.

The call this chapter makes upon all of us is to take responsibility for our own actions. We can choose to wallow in the problems that our fathers and grandfathers created, but equally we can choose to live the way God calls us to. Verse 20 neatly sums it up, “The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked man will be charged against him.”

God will judge each of us according to the things He finds in our hearts. If we have chosen to live immoral lives that are bound in selfish pride because that’s the way we saw our parents live, we will be judged in the same way that they will be. But if we choose to start afresh, to live according to God’s word, giving to the needy, remaining faithful to those whom we marry and staying focussed on the God who created the universe and everything in it, we will find ourselves in the Kingdom of heaven with all the blessings that come with that honour.

It sounds simple doesn’t it? The truth is that sometimes it can be hard to break away from the ties of the past. Sometimes history hurts and the future is hard to see. But then that’s what faith is about, isn’t it?












Father God, help me to live my life as you have ordained it. Help me to stand against the sins of my fathers and forefathers and to be focussed on you. Amen.

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